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The module provides introductions to sociological concepts and ideas. It is intended as a wide-ranging foundation for sociology students offering an overview of major social, political, cultural and scientific themes. Initially, the module explores the concept of the ‘sociological imagination’ in relation to sociological issues such as, gender, ethnicity and class. The module then progresses to key theoretical perspectives and their application to the modern world.
C. Wright Mills and the ‘sociological imagination'
Introductions to major concepts, ideas and events that have shaped modern society
An overview of key texts and significant figures in sociology
Early industrialised society and the development of the modern state
The role of Capitalism in modern life
Postmodernism and its challengers
Globalisation and the contemporary world
A student passing this module should be able to: 1. Demonstrate a “sociological imagination” when describing aspects of the social world 2. Identify a broad knowledge of key sociological concepts 3. Demonstrate understanding of the ways in which society is constructed, and the historical forces which have helped shape the modern world 4. Describe key social theorists and their contribution to understandings of society
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